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Research Project: Integrated Crop, Soil, and Water Management Systems for Sustainable Production of Sugarcane for Bioenergy Feedstock

Location: Sugarcane Research

Title: Energycane production for biomass and bioenergy feedstocks in Louisiana

Author
item White, Paul
item Webber Iii, Charles
item Johnson, Richard

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/3/2014
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: N/A

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: The poster discusses the results of the first two years of energycane production research conducted in Winnsboro, LA, and Houma, LA, as part of the USDA NIFA AFRI grant. Energycane can contribute greatly to a year around bioenergy industry in Louisiana and other areas of the SE United States. As part of this project we are leveraging existing sugar industry biomass harvesting technology as well as varieties exhibiting high amounts of fiber. Our data indicate dry matter (Brix + fiber) yields between 20 and 50 Mg/ha are achievable with existing technology. Nitrogen fertilization did not greatly affect energycane yields in the plant-cane crop. The highest biomass was harvested in November (54.1 Mg/ha).